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SimpleSimon



Member Since: 05 Sep 2021
Location: Worcestershire
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United Kingdom 1998 Defender 90 300 Tdi HT Rioja Red
Building my dream machine... Sort of!

Well folks, for as long as I can remember I've wanted a Land Rover. Definitely since before the age of 10, and as I've now just turned 34 I thought it was about time!
I had driven a few different Defenders before finally deciding to put aside my doubts and buy one. A little research suggested a 300tdi was the one to go for, and within my budget would probably give me something worth owning. It was actually before I'd really started looking that somebody messaged me via an unrelated site and told me he was looking to sell. That's how I've come to be the proud new owner (as of next week, anyway) of a 1998 300tdi 90 in Rioja Red (and various shades of primer...)

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This Defender will be an ongoing project for me, but it's also replacing my 2012 Navara as my daily driver, dog transporter, and shooting/fishing, etc wagon. The previous owner has invested a fair bit in mechanical maintenance and also added some useful small mods (Mud tunnel tray with an always-on USB socket, upgraded LED internal lighting with red/white option, heated screen, etc). I have no desire to add bling, but I will tidy her up a bit and continue adding to the functional accessories to get what I want from her.

Top of the list, and ordered already were a cubby box to replace the middle seat. Much deliberation and research led me to Boss Box on eBay. They look largely like Exmoor trim knock offs/copies, just slightly cheaper. I've also ordered a fixed phone mount which replaces the ash tray.
I've also ordered new rear quarter panels and a galvanised rear door which will need painting and fitting as a matter of urgency! I'll most likely leave that to somebody competent, seems a shame to order brand new panels and risk ruining them with amateur paintwork!

I'll try and keep the thread updated with bits of progress as and when they happen... And as and when I can afford them! 1998 300tdi 90 Hard Top. Daily driver, dog bus, shooting wagon and ongoing project!

Post #920507 8th Sep 2021 8:28am
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L110CDL



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Nice purchase you will have when you've got her home, nice to work on and very little electric's to worry about. Good you have took the plunge and got one and will look forward to as and when you can update your thread Thumbs Up 1996 Golf Blue 300Tdi 110 Pick up. Keeper.

regards
Clayton.

Post #920604 8th Sep 2021 9:27pm
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SimpleSimon



Member Since: 05 Sep 2021
Location: Worcestershire
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United Kingdom 1998 Defender 90 300 Tdi HT Rioja Red

Well folks, I brought her home last night! She put a smile on my face all the way home and I have to honestly say it's the best defender I've driven (not that I've driven a huge number, but enough to form an opinion).
Unfortunately it was dark when I got home and having been at work all day and gone straight to collect afterwards I had other things to do than start playing with my new toy.
She'll be thoroughly cleaned up and looked over at the weekend, middle seat out, cubby box in, and I'll try to see exactly what is in the huge box of spares and bits that are in the back!
I've decided that fitting the door and quarter panels is a job for somebody else. Unfortunately I have the inclination but not the time or space to do a decent job of it. So for now they're just cluttering up the house! 1998 300tdi 90 Hard Top. Daily driver, dog bus, shooting wagon and ongoing project!

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mikeh501



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Congrats on the purchase. I think my first job would be some new fluids and plaster it with some rust prevention inside and out before winter sets in Thumbs Up

Post #921397 14th Sep 2021 9:30am
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L110CDL



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The adventure starts now you have got her home Very Happy 1996 Golf Blue 300Tdi 110 Pick up. Keeper.

regards
Clayton.

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SimpleSimon



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United Kingdom 1998 Defender 90 300 Tdi HT Rioja Red

mikeh501 wrote:
Congrats on the purchase. I think my first job would be some new fluids and plaster it with some rust prevention inside and out before winter sets in Thumbs Up


Yes indeed, I've booked her in to a local Landy specialist for a major service and a check over. In future I'll probably do most of the servicing myself, but as she's new to me I'd like the peace of mind knowing exactly when and what has been done to start with. As for rust proofing, I am going to do a "temporary" waxoyl underneath myself, then she's going in for a professional Dinitrol treatment early next year (first opportunity they could offer!) 1998 300tdi 90 Hard Top. Daily driver, dog bus, shooting wagon and ongoing project!

Post #921878 18th Sep 2021 7:30am
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SimpleSimon



Member Since: 05 Sep 2021
Location: Worcestershire
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United Kingdom 1998 Defender 90 300 Tdi HT Rioja Red

Well, the Defender has had a dramatic first weekend! I was supposed to be taking her on a trip across the county to deliver some stuff I sold online. Unfortunately she had other ideas and I lost clutch action about 200 yards from home. A bit of investigation revealed a weepy slave cylinder, so she was out back on the road with a top up and I've added Master, Slave and hoses to the job sheet for the garage next week.

With that sorted out I decided she needed a very good clean. The inside was not exactly filthy, but surely hadn't seen a brush or hoover for a while, especially under the seat bases and in the space between seat backs and bulkhead! I also had a little surprise when I popped the middle seat cushion, and found the EGR control box under there! Luckily the EGR on mine is already blanked, so I unplugged the box and cracked on fitting my cubby box.

There were no pre-drilled holes in my box, and no obvious place to mount it after I'd pulled the middle seat out, so I first cut a thick piece of rubber matting to cover the bare metal between the seats (removed the seat belt buckles first and cut it sized to tuc under the seat runners, then bolted back down so that it looks "factory". Then I just used Tek-Screws and fastened the cubby through the rubber and straight into the inspection cover. I'll grab a few pictures later, but I think the result looks great. The front TekScrews are under the removable plastic cup holders, the rear ones I just cut a small nick in the box lining with a Stanley knife and covered them back over. Look luckily I had some countersunk ones left over from a job I did a while back, so they're flush with the bottom of the box and hidden completely, but easy to get out again if needed.

Next job for the interior will be to cap the corners of the seat box, the vinyl is already badly split on both sides. And then to find some good quality rubber footwell mats.

I'm also going to take the spare off the back door until I can get the new galv door fitted, the old one is on its last legs and having a big fat Goodrich hanging off it probably isn't prolonging its life! 1998 300tdi 90 Hard Top. Daily driver, dog bus, shooting wagon and ongoing project!

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Co1



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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 HT Loire Blue

Standard day out in a landy then!!

The cubbys are fitted with rivnuts at the factory if you want to go full oem! Easy enough to drill out the holes left by the tech screws so you get the right alignment. Instagram @richmond_custom

Post #921948 19th Sep 2021 8:21am
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SimpleSimon



Member Since: 05 Sep 2021
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United Kingdom 1998 Defender 90 300 Tdi HT Rioja Red

Yep, fairly standard by all accounts but I'd hoped to have had it at least a full week before something broke!

To be honest, although the tek screw method isn't exactly refined it has worked perfectly, and you'd only see from underneath... 1998 300tdi 90 Hard Top. Daily driver, dog bus, shooting wagon and ongoing project!

Post #921952 19th Sep 2021 8:38am
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